Darren Kennedy: Purple patch
The season's must-have colour that flatters all skin tones.
Some wondered if fashion's love affair with purple for autumn/winter was an ode to the late singer Prince? Either way, the opulent hue is now the reigning colour of the season. Shades of lilac, lavender, aubergine and plum permeated the runways.
Historically, purple was only worn by an elite few - think princely robes and papal vestments. But this season it's for everyone as it breaks through as the key colour.
London-based designer Christopher Kane opted for the shade in holographic pleating while Mulberry presented it in dramatic, voluminous tiers and crochet knits contrasted with shades of mustard. Roland Mouret chose a soft lilac as he presented his 20th anniversary dresses in a celebratory catwalk show in London. There's a shade of purple to suit and flatter every skin tone out there, so this trend is accessible to all.
Want to make a statement? Team purple with a pop of yellow. Purple is yellow’s complementary hue on the colour wheel, so they definitely make a striking, yet harmonious, colour combo.